An Alcohol and Drug Counselor is a competent professional trained to offer alcohol and drug abuse counseling services to those seeking recovery from addiction.
Interconnected with that of social and human services, these qualified professionals are equipped to handle the staggering numbers of people in need of help, many of whom have lost their way of life as a direct result of these addictions. Through counseling, those suffering with addictions seek to eliminate offending behavior patterns, overcome their addictions, and maintain focus on recovery and prevention of relapse.
The demand for Substance Abuse Counselors is projected to grow much faster than the national average 20 percent or higher during the period from 2008-2018, with a stated employment in 2008 of 352,000 individuals!* The exclusive Alcohol and Drug Counseling Studies at InterCoast prepares today’s aspiring substance abuse counselors with the educational tools necessary to become a certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, one that just may rescue the addicted patient lost in the alienating world of addiction.
The California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) is the largest AODA (Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse) counseling certification organization in California, established by the California Certification Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CCBADC). Since CAADAC's origination in 1979, it has conferred certification upon thousands of counselors who have successfully treated clients struggling with the disease of addiction. The education at InterCoast consistently exceeds the didactic requirements and meets the supervised fieldwork practicum standards for CCBADC certification.
In Maine, the graduate is eligible to apply to the Maine Board of Alcohol & Drug Counselors to test and become a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CAADC). In New Hampshire, the graduate can apply to become a Certified Recovery Support Worker (CRSW).
What can I expect to learn in the Alcohol and Drug Counseling Studies Program?
The program is designed to provide those students with or without prior experience in the field of Alcohol and Drug Counseling with a complete educational program that meets and exceeds certification standards and further develops the Alcohol and Drug Counseling Studies student who is able to competently convey services relative in the Alcohol and Drug Counseling profession.
The instructional practices within the Alcohol and Drug Counseling Studies program involves counseling fundamentals, addiction treatment and relapse prevention, ethical conduct and relevant laws, pharmacology and the brain, as well as skills-development to enhance personal and professional growth. All instruction will be given in the comfortable surroundings of an InterCoast campus with promotion of industry “best-practices”.
You will be skilled in a number of tasks associated with alcohol and drug abuse counseling to assist you in:
- Communicating with individuals and/or families needing substance abuse treatment/education
- Facilitating various types of counseling groups such as process, problem-solving, psycho-educational, and activity groups
- Equipping clients with coping skills to prevent the possibility of relapse
- Maintaining and providing private medical records in adherence to relevant regulations and applicable laws
- Understanding the importance of the therapeutic alliance in substance abuse counseling
- Gaining effective culturally-competent counseling techniques